April 30, 2019 Subject:
Dr. Linn's Account in Light of Recently Discovered Documentation
Four Stars for its genealogy, not so much for its history ...
Since the book's publication, it has proven invaluable in providing family connections for many descendants and has given them a vivid picture of their ancestors' lives as immigrants in a then remote portion of Pennsylvania. Unfortunately, we cannot tell from the book how much Dr. Linn's grandparents actually knew and shared about their origins in Ireland or how much of those origins he was left to interpret or assume from his own understanding of the history of Ulster and Scotland.
For example, the very title of the book has only an aesthetic, romantic appeal and does not convey historic fact. The name Linn is not included, by any spelling, in any of the six best known and most credible lists or histories of Scottish clans, such as Sir Thomas Innes of Learney's 1971 "Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland". Learney was then the recently retired Lord Lyon King of Arms, and Lord Lyon is the very office that recognizes Scottish clans and titles.
Similarly, Dr. Linn's reports of where in Ireland the Linn and the Widney families lived are in error. Recently published images of about a dozen original Irish deeds from the period prove that it was the Linns who owned property in County Tyrone while the Widneys owned property just over the southern line in County Monaghan.